Skip to main content

Once Again, LincolnHealth Recognized for Quality Care

December 19, 2018

Leapfrog LincolnHealth 2018Highlighting its nationally-recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, LincolnHealth was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the seventh time in eight years. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

“It takes a tremendous team effort and an unrelenting focus on quality and patient safety by the entire LincolnHealth team to earn this award,” commented LincolnHealth President Jim Donovan. “It also takes a champion and leader who works tirelessly to maintain this necessary focus and to be the expert who is always there to step-up and help a colleague.  Our champion and leader is Cindy Coyne and I am very grateful for all she does and how well she does it.  She helps drive us all to be better,” Donovan said.  “When you combine her leadership with hundreds of employees who are dedicated to quality and safety, great things happen,” he added. 

LincolnHealth was one of only 17 rural hospitals in the United States to receive a Top Rural Hospital distinction this year. 

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. 

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, LincolnHealth has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Lincoln County requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible,” she added. 

 

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
MaineHealth taps Boston Children’s physician with strong information technology background to lead its IT department
Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist who was drawn to the important role that technology plays in delivering world-class health care.
MaineHealth Earns 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition
The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
LincolnHealth President Announces Retirement Date
Jim Donovan, who has been with MaineHealth from its beginning, will depart in March.
New Infusion Center Open at LincolnHealth
Patients who require infusions and other types of intravenous therapies can now receive them in a newly designed suite.
LincolnHealth Cornerstones to Retire at End of July
Dr. Russell Mack and registered nurse Karen Howell will retire from LincolnHealth on Friday, July 24.
St. Andrews Urgent Care Center Will Begin Walk-In Care on May 28
Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta Maine – St. Andrews Urgent Care Center will begin treating patients again on Wednesday, May 28. The Center’s hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
MaineHealth establishes safety protocols and sets priorities for bringing back some services amid COVID-19
Universal masking, screening and testing protocols are already in place as the health care system brings back surgeries and other procedures for those patients for whom waiting could have medical consequences.
MaineHealth program aims to keep Mainers covered when a COVID-19 job loss means losing health insurance
The MaineHealth "Access to Care" team connects patients with programs that provide support amid the financial turmoil brought on by the pandemic.
MaineHealth team members see roles change during COVID-19 outbreak but without layoffs or loss of pay
Fighting the pandemic means some assignments have changed, and some are logging fewer hours, but all employees are receiving the full pay and benefits they had prior to the outbreak.
Area chief executives lend support to blood drive conducted by MaineHealth and the American Red Cross
The COVID-19 outbreak doesn’t diminish the need for donated blood for patients with other urgent and serious conditions, but it is having a severe impact on donations.